The art of Design/Creative thinking : 10 ways to foster Innovation

the art of design thinking 10 ways to foster innovationDesign is ubiquitous. It is in the magazines we read, the products we use, the services we enjoy and the consumer experiences that happen to us (especially the brand experiences that big companies like Apple and Nike deliver to us these days). Design is an intrinsic factor in what we communicate, in advertisements, in posters and in every TV show we watch. Design plays a very vital role in everything we use and perceive, and is prevalent in the very fabric of our lives. The reason design is prevalent is because; we designers have a unique way of creating stuff which makes the lives of others easier to deal with. Design is not just about making things cool or making them beautiful. It is about giving the form, a function and it can be used to tackle a whole range of creative and business issues.

To design or not to design:

Designers make awesome s**t happen. It’s that simple. Designers are compelled to produce results with a combination of strategic planning (left hemisphere of the brain) and creative vision (right hemisphere). Design is most often used to describe an object or an end result; but in a narrower sense, we all can realise this is not true. Design, in its most effective form is a process, an action, a verb and not a noun. Design can also be considered as a protocol for solving problems, discovering new opportunities and to lay the foundation for innovation.

design is everywhere

Design is an attribute which doesn’t come just out of thin air and it is not a skill acquired from birth. It is a trait developed through constant dedication to who you are and what you do and from extreme hard work put in understanding and learning the principles of design and applying it effectively. Not every “designer” is able to produce outstanding designs just because he has a degree in applied or natural arts. Designing often requires the “designer” to consider the aesthetic, functional, and many other aspects of an object or a process, which usually requires considerable research, thought, modelling, interactive adjustment, and re-design.

Creative process leads to Creative thinking:

One of the main reasons the world is a much better place today than it was a few decades ago is because the designers are evolving from time to time. They have developed the propensity to seamlessly link unrelated ideas and look far beyond mundane assumptions. They are not only focused on designing better things but are able to take a lot of other unorthodox factors into consideration as well. To be able to become a true designer and create/build unparalleled stuff, one must be able to incorporate creative process in his thinking. This can be termed as Design thinking or Creative thinking. Sometimes, it can also be called as ‘thinking outside the box”. The latter has its applications in various domains of art and science and is most prominent in the world of graphic and industrial design.

creative thinking helps to foster innovation and building up of ideas

There has been a wide spread discussion about the exact definition of design thinking. Although Innovation and design thinking sound similar, they are actually different but are quite complementary to each other.

Timothy Brown, founder of IDEO and a pioneer in developing conventional aspects of Design thinking explains in an article which he wrote for the Harvard Business Review: “Design Thinking is a discipline that uses the designer’s sensibility and methods to match people’s needs with what is technologically feasible and what a viable business strategy can convert into customer value and market opportunity.

The very notion of Design goes beyond creating cool websites or designing extraordinary pieces of work using Photoshop. It is about how efficiently you can think to be able to embrace innovativeness and creativity in your work ethics. At this point I would like to make a clear distinction about Creativity and Innovation, although it seems quite trivial!

Creativity vs. Innovation:

Creativity is typically used to refer to the act of producing new ideas, approaches or actions, while innovation is the process of both generating and applying such creative ideas in some specific context.

In the context of an organization, therefore, the term innovation is often used to refer to the entire process by which an organization generates creative new ideas and converts them into novel, useful and viable commercial products, services, and business practices, while the term creativity is reserved to apply specifically to the generation of novel ideas by individuals or groups, as a necessary step within the innovation process.

Although the two words are novel, they go hand in hand. In order to be innovative, employees have to be creative to stay competitive.

What exactly is Design Thinking?

Design thinking (or creative thinking) is a process for practical, creative resolution of problems or issues that looks for an improved future result.  It is the essential ability to combine empathy, creativity and rationality to meet user needs and drive business success. Unlike analytical thinking, design thinking is a creative process based around the “building up” of ideas. Design thinking is a well thought approach towards solving a problem and hence doesn’t involve early judgements thus eliminating the fear of failure and encouraging maximum input and participation in the ideation and prototype phases (steps in the design process, which I will be talking about later). Outside the box thinking is encouraged in these earlier processes since this can often lead to creative solutions.

Design has evolved from a narrow discipline dealing with the form and function of products into a major new approach to developing business models. When people talk about innovation in this decade, they really mean design.

– Business Week

How can Creative thinking influence your work?

The importance of creative thinking today needs no emphasis. In your profession or in your work, you will have a competitive advantage if you develop your ability to come up with new ideas. In your personal life, too, creative thinking can lead you into new paths of creative activity. It can enrich your life – though not always in the way you expect.

Practising the “art” of creative thinking will help you to:

  • Develop your understanding of the creative process;
  • Overcome barriers or blocks to having new ideas;
  • Enlarge your parameters of vision;
  • Learn to build on ideas as well as criticize them;
  • Increase your tolerance for uncertainty and doubt;
  • Listen, look and read with a creative attitude;
  • Make time to think;
  • Become more confident in yourself as a creative person.

Thinking outside the box:

Thinking outside the box’ is to think differently, unconventionally or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel, creative and smart thinking.

thinking outside the box

This is sometimes called a process of lateral thought. The catchphrase, or cliché, has become widely used in business environments, especially by management consultants and executive coaches, and has spawned a number of advertising slogans. To think outside the box is to look further and try not to think of the obvious things, but try and think beyond that. Apple came up with a series of advertisements titled ‘Think Different’.

The Nine Dots Puzzle:

The notion of something outside a perceived “box” is related to a traditional topographical puzzle called the nine dots puzzle. The origins of phrase “thinking outside the box” are obscure. The phrase means something like “think creatively” or “be original” and its origin is generally attributed to consultants in the 1970s and 1980s who tried to make clients feel inadequate by drawing nine dots on a piece of paper and asking them to connect the dots without lifting their pen, using only four lines:

the nine dots puzzle

(Hint: You have to think outside the box, you know, and I mean literally)

If you aren’t able to solve this puzzle; don’t worry, all is not lost. This is just to give you a gist of the labyrinth you have been put in :) Here is the answer for the puzzle (gif) : Answer

The puzzle proposed an intellectual challenge—to connect the dots by drawing four straight, continuous lines that pass through each of the nine dots, and never lifting the pencil from the paper. The conundrum is easily resolved, but only if you draw the lines outside the confines of the square area defined by the nine dots themselves. The phrase “thinking outside the box” is a restatement of the solution strategy. The puzzle only seems difficult because we imagine a boundary around the edge of the dot array. The heart of the matter is the unspecified barrier which is typically perceived.

The “box” in the phrase “outside the box” is not only a metaphor but it is real and measurable. Speculating beyond its restrictive confines, the box can be visualized in both positive and negative perspectives.

difference between analytical thinking and design thinking

The positive perspective is what we have been discussing till now i.e., nurturing creativity to contemplate new ideas. The negative perspective being—penetrating through to the “bottom of the box.” This could result in a frank and insightful re-appraisal of a situation, oneself, the organization, etc.

Are we thinking too much outside the box?

On a lighter note, the process of thinking “inside the box” isn’t always a bad thing. It is crucial for accurately analysing and executing a variety of tasks, making decisions, evaluating data, and managing the progress of standard operating procedures, etc.

the difference between talent and a genius

The phrases ‘design thinking’, ‘creative thinking’, ‘lateral thinking’, ‘thinking outside the box,’ and the like are very powerful concepts worthy of deeper investigation and practice than just another management cliché in today’s complex and dynamic business world.

Characteristics of thinking outside the box:

Thinking outside the box requires different characteristics:

  • One should be willing to take new perspectives to day-to-day work.
  • One should be capable of thinking differently with an open mind, think about stuff with substance, and do things differently.
  • One must focus on the value of finding new ideas and acting on them.
  • One must strive to create value in newer ways.
  • One must be capable of listening to, supporting, nurturing and respecting others when they come up with new ideas.

Out-of-the box thinking requires openness to new ways of seeing the world and a willingness to explore. ‘Out of the box’ thinkers know that new ideas need nurturing and support. They also know that having an idea is good, but acting on it is more important. Results are what that matters, no matter how hard and persistent you are striving to achieve them.

So how do you think outside the box and how to develop the creative thinking ability? Well, it all begins with how we think and consider things. I am sure; we were, are and will be trapped in the maze of thinking forever. The reality is that most of the world follows conventional wisdom. We have been thought to think in routine ways from early days of school: trapped in a matrix or a box. This is a perfect analogy to the Matrix movies we’ve seen quite a while ago. If you haven’t seen it still, you are missing one of the greatest pleasures in life, ignorance is not bliss!! Another article, which i was quite intrigued by, explains why there isn’t any box. Quite an interesting read though!

knowing that one knows nothing is the biggest wisdom in life

A liberal, open mind, unconventional wisdom, the zeal to be different, and a nonconformist approach to uncover things… that is like thinking outside the box. One should think beyond the barriers of political, economic, social and ego barriers to ‘think outside the box.’

Ways to foster design thinking and innovation:

Let us now talk about the several ways in which one can develop the design thinking abilities, which is of course one of the many ways to foster innovativeness. These are quite rudimentary aspects and the actual ways to improve your creative thinking capabilities might be quite complex to comprehend and explain. It takes years of practice and experience to become a genius and not just skills alone, and also crafting your cognitive abilities in the right manner. These points will provide you with a better foundation on your journey to achieve the pinnacle of creative abilities.

practise the design thinking process

Quite apparently, the most important step is to Practise the Design Thinking process. Following the right protocols is the best way to kick start your creative thinking process. This may sound a bit conventional but a basic flowchart must always be maintained and practised to lay a strong foundation for creative thinking.

Quite similar to analytical or logical thinking, design thinking involves a process. The design thinking process has seven stages: define, research, ideate, prototype, choose, implement, and learn. Within these seven steps, problems can be framed, the right questions can be asked, more ideas can be created, and the best answers can be chosen. The steps aren’t linear; they can occur simultaneously and can be repeated.

Although design is always subject to personal taste, design thinkers share a common set of values that drive innovation: these values are mainly creativity, ambidextrous thinking, teamwork, end-user focus and curiosity.

Define

  • Decide what issue you are trying to resolve.
  • Agree on who the audience is.
  • Prioritize this project in terms of urgency.
  • Determine what will make this project successful.
  • Establish a glossary of terms.

Research

  • Review the history of the issue; remember any existing obstacles.
  • Collect examples of other attempts to solve the same issue.
  • Note the project supporters, investors, and critics.
  • Talk to your end-users, that brings you the most fruitful ideas for later design.
  • Take into account thought leaders’ opinions.

Ideate

  • Identify the needs and motivations of your end-users.
  • Generate as many ideas as possible to serve these identified needs.
  • Log your brainstorming session.
  • Do not judge or debate ideas.
  • During brainstorming, have one conversation at a time.

Prototype

  • Combine, expand, and refine ideas.
  • Create multiple drafts.
  • Seek feedback from a diverse group of people, include your end users.
  • Present a selection of ideas to the client.
  • Reserve judgment and maintain neutrality.

Choose

  • Review the objective.
  • Set aside emotion and ownership of ideas.
  • Avoid consensus thinking.
  • Remember: the most practical solution isn’t always the best.
  • Select the powerful ideas.

Implement

  • Make task descriptions.
  • Plan your tasks.
  • Determine resources.
  • Assign tasks.
  • Execute.
  • Deliver to client.

Learn

  • Gather feedback from the consumer.
  • Determine if the solution met its goals.
  • Discuss what could be improved.
  • Measure success; collect data.
  • Document your work.

Practising and developing the Design Process will help you a lot in building a firm foundation for innovation and creative thinking. It will give a meaning and a definite structure to you work and your professional life. Even though every step may not be necessary in your workflow, try to apply them wherever possible and incorporate them into your ideas, thoughts and designs.

never stop being curious

Curiosity builds upon that natural impulse, the desire to learn more. Everyone has got this; the challenge is to use it effectively and to develop it for our benefits. Right from birth, we aspire to see new things, hear different sounds. Our mind is on a continuous quest for discovering new things and to explore new ideas. Children are mostly like little scientists; they keep discovering newer stuff and keep asking questions after questions.

never stop being curious

Great minds ask great questions. The questions we ask, the ideas we ponder about, greatly influence the quality of our lives and work. By developing a curious mind, we can broaden our horizons on thinking and creativity.

The important thing is not to stop questioning’, said Einstein. ‘Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.’

Learn something new!

Another trait you can develop is to learn something new. Digress from your orthodox life and look into something new in a whole new direction. Cultivate a hobby such as singing, music instruments, sports, photography, drawing, painting, sculpting, writing poetry and novels or anything that might interest you which has a direct or indirect influence on your work. Take your notebook and write down a few of your hobbies which interest you the most. Then ask questions like, ‘How can i pursue this hobby?’, ‘How may i employ this into my work ethics?’ and ‘How will such a hobby help me in improving what I do?’

Well, not only should you ask these questions but be curious enough to find answers quickly. By doing this, you broaden your prospects that enriches all aspects of your life.

You can improve your curiosity by asking your friends, relatives, colleagues, boss for constant feedback. Ask questions related to your weakness, strengths, and qualities and how it appeals to them. Ask their opinions about what you need to do to be more effective in your work and add value to it at the same time.

sketch your ideas onto a paper

You have probably had the experience of waking up in the middle of the night with an idea. It was such a good one that you told yourself to remember it next morning. Or maybe when you were taking a stroll by the beach and suddenly an idea strikes you, and you told yourself to remember it once you get home. But, like the memory of your dreams, it fades fast away. Carry a pocket notebook so that ideas that strike you while waiting for someone or travelling on a train can be recorded. Later you can transfer these jottings to your main notebook.

In one of my previous articles, I explained how Leonardo da Vinci used to store the deluge of amazing ideas and thoughts that occurred to him. He always maintained a notebook with him where he sketched everything that came to his mind. This allowed him to record ideas, information, etc. so that he did not have to rely on remembering everything and also got a clear understanding of his thoughts in a less monotonous manner.

His scientific notebooks were filled with pictures, colours and images; his sketchbook for paintings abounded with geometry, anatomy and perspective. He wrote:

leonardo da vinci sketchbook quote

So, always keep a sketchbook/notebook with you and carry it wherever you go. Jot down some of the ideas that strike you while having food, or walking in the park and start documenting what you have on your mind onto the book. This will also help you in reminding yourself of what you need to do, in case you forget.

solve puzzles to improve cognition abilities

Puzzles strengthen neural connections in such a way that they improve your hand-eye coordination. Puzzles come in so many varieties that you can practice mathematics, vocabulary, memory and other bouts of critical thinking while enjoying these challenging games. Critical thinking involves determining the meaning and significance of what is observed or expressed, or, concerning a given inference or argument, determining whether there is adequate justification to accept the conclusion as true.

Critical thinking is based on self-corrective concepts and principles, not on hard and fast, or step-by-step, procedures. Critical thinking employs not only logic but broad intellectual criteria such as clarity, credibility, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, significance.

solve puzzles to foster creative thinking

Critical thinking is an important element of all professional fields and academic disciplines. The process of critical thinking involves the careful acquisition and interpretation of information and use of it to reach a well-justified conclusion. Solving puzzles like Sudoku and other mathematical puzzles helps you foster creative thinking and broadens your horizon on problem solving in various domains of design and engineering.

take risks and learn from mistakes

Success without taking risks is impossible. Mistakes are a part and parcel in the process of achieving extraordinary results. A good designer is not taken apart by such mistakes, rather he learns from it. Gain wisdom from your own mistakes and use this to accelerate self-improvement. Learning from mistakes along with risk taking is very essential to foster creative thinking. The important thing is to view mistakes as a useful stepping stone to a higher reality and better outlook on life. This is all a part of being able to develop creative thinking for the future!

take risk quote

So, take an initiative, learn failure to understand success.

Do not wait for inspiration. It can seem impossible, like trying to drive a car with more water in the tank than petrol. But you just have to get out and push. Better to advance by inches than not to advance at all. Thomas Edison, inventor of the electric light bulb among many other things, gave a celebrated definition of genius as ‘1% inspiration and 99% perspiration’. Creative thinking, paradoxically, is for 99 hours out of every 100 not very creative: it is endlessly varied combinations of analysing, synthesizing, imagining and valuing. The raw materials are sifted, judged, adapted, altered and glued together in different ways.

Trial and Error:

Most learning, especially most organizational learning, occurs through trial and error. Error occurs whether you want it or not. Error is difficult to avoid. It’s not clear that research or preparation have an enormous impact on error, especially marketing error. Error is clearly not in short supply.

Trial, on the other hand, is quite Scarce, especially in some organisations. People mistakenly beleive that one way to successfully avoid error is to avoid trial. We need more trial.

-Seth Godin

experimentation is important in creative thinking

One of the best ways to nurture your creative mind is to try out a lot of new techniques and new ideas while you are involved in the creative process. Don’t break up with your design just because you don’t see any possible relevance in it and for the fear that you might end up with a bad result because it didn’t turn out the way you expected. The power of the human brain is such that it will contemplate new ideas when put in such unforeseen circumstances.

experiment your way to success

Experimenting allows you to see different ideas and concepts, your mind would not have envisioned. It allows you to transcend your mundane thinking into creating extraordinary works. Remember, some of the greatest inventions in science and history were a result of experimenting. I also believe that a few design masterpieces were the result of the designers making their “lucky mistakes” and somehow decided to keep them. Do not break the rules, but it is OK to bend them.

understand the elements and principles of design

Design can be defined as the organized arrangement of one or more elements and principles for a purpose. The purpose here is to make sure the audience get a strong message of what the designer is trying to convey.

One must understand that nothing is random in this world. Everything is deterministic and has a reason behind its existence and usage. Even the universe, which is claimed by many as filled with randomness, which in my opinion, is untrue as there cannot exist anything without a purpose. A similar concept applies to design as well. When we set out to create our designs, we have a purpose and that is to convey a message to the readers. Whether it is an advertisement or a canvas painting, it is done to promote the product or to convey the emotions of the artist.

The elements of design are composed in every design you create, whether you want it or not. It is like an invisible force that is acted upon the visual aesthetics of the reader. These are the things which give life to the images. A few of these elements are Line, Shape, Texture, Colour, Form, Space and Direction.

The principles of design are as varied as attitudes regarding modern design. They differ both between the schools of thought that influence design, and between individual practicing designers. So, every artist looks at the principles of design from a different perspective. Awareness of the elements and principles in design is the first step in creating successful visual compositions. A few of the principles of design are Harmony, Contrast, Repetition, Emphasis, Gradation and Balance. These principles are nothing but how a designer decides to put all the elements together.

Design can be viewed from many perspectives. Although design has many forms of existence, its purpose is singular. Design can be viewed as:

Framing:

Framing sets the agenda, outlines the boundaries and axes of interest, and moves design from executing strategy to shaping strategy. Disruptive innovation lives here.

Problem solving:

Design finds new opportunities by solving existing problems. Design process generates alternatives within a problem space. Design also narrows down those options to a specific solution.

Function and Form:

Design makes things work better. This is a classic practice of design– but it’s still commonly limited to incremental improvements through iteration over existing solutions.

Style:

Design is the gateway to be hip and cool. Design is stylish, but too often is perceived and practised as a cosmetic afterthought.

No conscious design

Design value isn’t recognized, This attitude fosters design by default – however things come out is fun, because there are more important issues to deal with.

Effectively understand and applying the elements and principles of design respectively in your creative process helps you create and build better designs which is guaranteed to reach a bigger and a more respectable audience.

{src : slideshare}


mind mapping helps you contemplate bigger ideas and faster

A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are, by definition, a graphical method of taking notes. The visual basis of the maps helps one to distinguish words or ideas, often with colors and symbols. It is a method in which you start with an idea, and then create links on how to get to that idea, where the idea can be implemented and what are the future applications and enhancements of the idea. This creates an entire idea framework which helps you to analyse your original idea better.

an artist looks rather than just see!

Mind mapping is a proven technique to strengthening your memory, balancing your brain and quickening your spirit of invention. Mind mapping is a simple, yet powerful way to cultivate synergy between art and science in your everyday thinking, planning and problem solving. Natural Mapping leads to immediate understanding.

discover your inner voice and be yourself

A Picasso always looks like Picasso painted it. A Beethoven symphony always sounds like a Beethoven symphony. Part of being a master is learning how to sing nobody else’s voice but your own. Every artist is looking for their big, definitive moment, whether they’re a master or not. That’s the moment where they finally find their true voice, once and for all.

be yourself and find your inner voice

To be able to discover yourself, you need a bit of luck too. Put your whole self into what you are doing and wish to do, and you will find your true inner voice. Hold back and you won’t. It’s that simple; pretty much an open and shut case!

evolution and change is a part of life and innovation

Some people embrace it and others don’t. If you want to to survive in a world which is changing rapidly as we speak, i suggest you listen closely to the former kind and try your best avoiding the latter.

Your job is probably worth 50% of what it was 10 years ago. And who knows? It may very well not exist in 5-10 years.

In order to manoeuvre the new realities, not only do you have to be creative, but also change and evolve as the world does–not just within your particular profession ,but in everything. Your way of looking at the world will need to become ever more fertile and original. And this isn’t true just for artists, writers, techies, creative directors and CEOs; this is true for everybody.

Charles Darwin, the father of evolution says : “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

Pay close attention on the human mentalities that keep changing. Try to analyse what people are beginning to like and dislike, what standards are they adopting in their profession and life?

change is happening, evolve to face the future

After all, as a customer, i don’t give a damn whether the application on my phone was coded using Python, Java or Object C (with all due respect to programmers; I am one, myself). All i care about is how the interface appeals to my visual experience and how my life is affected by its mere presence. So, always design keeping the user’s perspectives as a point of reference; and changes in this perspective is proportional to the overall change brought about by the web and the environment.

Creative thinking is everywhere!

But creative thinking has a more general application. You may not be an author of books, but you are writing the book. of your own life. For your life is not being dictated to you from a prerecorded script. You can make at least some of it up as you go along. When the creative urge seizes one, he becomes creative in all directions at once’. If you decide to take a creative approach to life, it does change your perspective. You will seek out first some ‘given’ ideas about yourself. What are your distinctive strengths? These are not easy questions to answer. Self-discovery lasts a lifetime, and even then it may not be completed. Seek to identify what you are born to excel at, and make sure you are working in the right area.

Even when some conscious self-analysis and some imaginative thinking, supplemented by intuition, have given you some clues, insights or bold guesses about yourself, you still have to try to work out these ideas in a real life. That involves an element of trial – and error – periods of frustration and despair, and moments of excitement and joy. For gradually, the creative patterns of your life begin to emerge before your eyes on the loom of experience, with change and continuity as its warp and weft.

Life should be an adventure. It is a usually interesting, occasionally exciting and sometimes a painful journey forwards into an unknown future. As you try to make something of it in a creative way – working things out as you go along – new ideas will come to you. Even in the desert stretches there are wells and springs of inspiration. But they are not to be had in advance. A person who thinks creatively will never look upon life as finished. ‘I have no objection to retirement,’ Mark Twain once said, ‘as long as it doesn’t interrupt my work.’ We can all learn from creative thinkers to see life as essentially a series of beginnings. ‘I love beginnings’, says novelist Christopher Leach. ‘What I like about life is the potentiality of beginnings.’ Perhaps our lives, like books, should never be finished, only abandoned to a receiver with as much trust as we can muster.

{The above excerpt is from the book, ‘The art of Creative thinking’, written by John Adair}

Sources and Further Inspiration:

1) Do you recognize these 10 mental blocks of Creative thinking?

Whether you’re trying to solve a tough problem, start a business, get attention for that business or write an interesting article, creative thinking is crucial. The process boils down to changing your perspective and seeing things differently than you currently do.

2) How to think outside the box with 3 creative exercises:

You know you have to think outside the box. Your boss tells you this. Blogs and bestselling books tell you. But where are the walls of this box and how do you get your thinking outside of it?

3) How to be Creative:

MacLeod, an advertising executive and popular blogger with a flair for the creative, gives his 26 tried-and-true tips for being truly creative. Each point illustrated by a cartoon drawn by the author himself.

4) How to speak Inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci

In this article, we shall study how to bring Da Vinci’s inspiration and his wisdom, into our creative works and also into our life every day. We shall also explore how to enrich our work and creativity by essentially employing Leonardo’s principles in our work.

5) A must watch video about Innovation through Design thinking by Tim Brown on MIT World

6) 7 Steps of Creative thinking techniques

7) Several ways of solving the 9-dots puzzle

8) Design Thinking + Innovation (slideshare)

9) Intro to design thinking (slideshare)

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Comments
32 Responses to “The art of Design/Creative thinking : 10 ways to foster Innovation”
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  2. jeprie says:

    This is one great article. I still have not finish the Da Vinci article and you already come up with this! Nice.

    • jeprie says:

      The 9 dots puzzle really explains the meaning of thinking outside the box.

      This article reminds me to Einstein. Michio Kaku said that Einstein can focus on an equations for years where most people will stop thinking about that in just a few days.

      Nice share Rich!

    • Richie says:

      Haha, yeah… the da vinci article is more like a novel :)

      You can take your time to read it, Jeprie…. but make sure you do!

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  4. Great article Richie,
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  11. Great article, very informative. Thanks for sharing!

  12. BS”D
    Design skills, analytic skills all come from G-d Alm-ty.
    This ‘flow’ is called: ‘Mazel.’

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  19. MIA says:

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  20. Kiran says:

    This is a great article. I really like the images and how you have used them to visually show the idea, especially the last one on the World is Changing. Brilliant. I will be referring this again. Best.

  21. avinashriya says:

    Great and Interesting article, I like the way you structured your ideas on, worth reading from time to time…well done.

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